Faron Woods

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Faron Woods
Faron Woods 3.jpg
The Faron Woods in Twilight Princess
Game(s) Twilight Princess
Skyward Sword
Link's Crossbow Training
Inhabitant(s) CoroTriforce piece.png
TrillTriforce piece.png
KikwiTriforce piece.png
Item(s) Pieces of Heart x2, Lantern, a bottle full of Lantern Oil, Poe Soul Triforce piece.png
Piece of Heart, SlingshotTriforce piece.png
Tadtones
Related place(s) Eldin Volcano
Lanayru Desert

The Faron Woods is a recurring location in the Zelda series, first appearing in Twilight Princess and later in Skyward Sword. As their name suggests, the Faron Woods are part of and make up a large majority of the overall Faron Province, protected by the Water Dragon and later Light Spirit of the same name.

Contents

Twilight Princess

Main Features

The Faron Woods are connected to the Ordon Woods via a bridge built over a large chasm between the two regions. The woods are composed of southern and are northern portions, the latter being the location of the Forest Temple. The northern section is largely uninhabited, with its only residents being Coro and Trill. To get to the said section, Link must pass through a cave in the southern section of the woods that eventually leads out into a bigger section of the woods infested by Deku Babas, Keese, and Bokoblins.

History

Link first enters Faron Woods while looking for Talo, who ran off chasing a monkey. Talking to Coro will result in Link obtaining a free lantern as part of a special offer, which also to aid the young hero on his way through the cave and into the northern section of the Faron Woods.[1] Eventually Link makes his way to the entrance of the Forest Temple where he rescues Talo and a monkey from Bokoblins.

The next time he enters Faron Woods, however, it is covered in Twilight, and Link is pulled in by a Shadow Beast. The Triforce on his hand shone, causing the beast to drop him. Link turned into a wolf for the first time and this is also the start of his adventure, tasked to restore light back to the forest and complete the first temple, the Forest Temple. Since more monsters have begun appearing around the woods, Link will have to talk to Coro to obtain the Small Key that will open up the cave's gate that leads to North Faron Woods.[2]

After getting all three Fused Shadows, Zant will turn Link into a wolf and gravely injure Midna. Link takes Midna to Princess Zelda, who heals Midna and tells Link the way to break the curse laid on him is to obtain the Master Sword, located in the Sacred Grove deep inside Faron Woods.[3] The entrance to the Sacred Grove is located near Trill's Shop, where Link must stand on a ledge and jump through various tree roots with the help of Midna. From here, the young hero must continue to jump around various obstacles and eventually reach the hidden Sacred Grove.

Having obtained the Mirror Shard from Snowpeak will force Link to once again return to the Faron Woods and make his way to the Sacred Grove to retrieve the next Mirror Shard in the Temple of Time.[4]

South Faron Woods

The southern section of the Faron Woods

Located in Southern Faron Woods are the Faron Spring and Coro's lantern oil shop. It has an exit into the southern section of Hyrule Field and an entrance near the Faron Spring that leads back to the Ordon Woods. One Owl Statue can also be found here, located near the lantern oil shop.

Faron Spring

Main article: Faron Spring

Faron, the light spirit of Faron Province, lives in Faron Spring as the guardian of the woods. After light is restored to Faron Province, Faron returns Link to human form and gives him the Hero's Clothes.

Coro's Lantern Shop

Main article: Coro's Lantern Shop

Coro runs a lantern shop in South Faron Woods. When he first meets Link he gives Link a Lantern for free in hopes to boost sales for Lantern Oil. Link must get the lantern while chasing Talo and the monkey in order to make it through a dark cave.

North Faron Woods

The northern section of the woods is home to a lonely and barren swamp-like area filled with a poisonous purple fog and many monsters, Trill's shop, the Forest Temple, the entrance to the Sacred Grove, and the decaying ruins of the Temple of Time much deeper within the grove itself.

Faron Woods Swamp

The Faron Woods swamp

The Faron Woods Swamp is between South and North Faron Woods. Before the Faron Woods were covered in Twilight, Link could freely explore this area , which was infested with Bokoblins, Keese, and Deku Baba. However, after Twilight invaded the Faron Woods, purple fog overcame this area, which will damage Link if he touches it. The fog can be easily burned away with the lantern. A monkey will demonstrate this on Link's first trip to the Forest Temple by stealing his lantern and swinging it around on a stick. The first time this fog is encountered is when Faron Province is covered in twilight. Midna can help Link to jump across the fog over various logs and rock outcroppings. The upper canopies of the trees are densely populated with Deku Babas, and, in twilight, with Twilit Babas.

Trill's Shop

Main article: Trill's Shop

A shop that seems to be owned by Coro and run by his pet myna bird, Trill. Link can easily steal red potion or lantern oil from this shop, but must beware that Trill will attack if Link doesn't pay up. If Link simply puts 1 rupee in the payment box, Trill will not attack.

Forest Temple

Main article: Forest Temple

Located deep within the woods is the Forest Temple, which is home to many monkeys that Link must rescue to reach the boss' chamber. The temple is full of many Bomblings and Skulltulas, as well as wind-operated switches attached to rotating bridges.

Sacred Grove

Main article: Sacred Grove

The entrance to the Sacred Grove is located to the west of the path to the Forest Temple. It is reached the first time with Midna's help to jump onto tree roots across the large chasm. The second time, Link must fly across the gap using the Golden Cucco given to him by Rusl.

Temple of Time

Main article: Temple of Time

All that remains in the present time is the Master Sword, a part from some ruins. The actual Temple of Time can be accessed through a single pair of doors that appear to lead only to the other side of the door with nothing on the other side, however upon opening the door, Link is transported into the Temple of Time, in the past.

Skyward Sword

Features

The Faron Woods serves as the home to the Kikwi race and the Skyview Temple. Towering over the woods as a landmark that can be seen as far away as the Sealed Grounds is the Great Tree. Throughout the woods can be found a river, a spring, bird life and lots of giant mushrooms coming in various colours. To the edges of the woods is Lake Floria, where the Water Dragon known as Faron and the Parella reside.

History

It is the first place Link visits after departing from Skyloft, and it is here that he receives the Slingshot.[5] Link searches for the Kikwi using his sword's Dowsing ability, finding them hiding from the invading monsters in many places throughout the forest.[6] Upon discovering each one of these plant-like creatures, the large Kikwi elder Bucha gives Link the Slingshot. With the slingshot, Link is able to continue on to the deeper part of the forest known as Deep Woods, and later the Skyview Temple.

Artwork of Faron Woods in Skyward Sword

Link visits the Faron Woods region for the second time while on his quest for the three Sacred Flames to temper his blade. The woods are now infested by stonger and more deadly demons, including Bokoblins and Moblins, suggesting that the seal on The Imprisoned is weakening. Link completes Farore's Silent Realm Trial and as a reward he recieves the Water Dragon's Scale. It allows Link to dive deep beneath the water for a limited time and gives him special maneuvering abilities in the water.[7] Link is therefore able to enter into the Great Tree, and proceeds to travel up to the top of the large canopy towering over the surrounding Faron Woods. It is there that Link meets a Kikwi Hermit named Yerbal. The Kikwi reveals to the hero where the entrance to Lake Floria is located. Lake Floria, despite being sealed off from the outside world, seems to be in a troubled time. Ghirahim, leading a number of large fish known as Cranioc, attacked the Water Dragon Faron, mortally wounding her, while scaring many of the local Parella into hiding. After venturing with a Parella known as Jellyf through the underground tunnels of the lake, Link meets Faron who asks him to return to Skyview Spring through the Skyview Temple to retrieve some Sacred Water to heal her wounds. After doing so, Faron is healed and reveals the entrance to the fourth dungeon, the Ancient Cistern behind the Floria Waterfall, where Farore's Sacred Flame is found.

Flooded state

The third and final time that Link visits Faron Woods is to find Faron in order to learn one of the four parts of Song of the Hero. However, the woods are completely submerged. Link locates Faron inside The Great Tree and learns that she flooded the woods in order to rid of the monsters tainting her realm.[8] She makes the choosen hero search around the flooded woods in order to find musical notes, called Tadtones, so that he can learn her part of the song.[9] After collecting the Tadtones, Faron drys up all the water and teaches Link her part of The Song of Hero.

Link's Crossbow Training

Ambiguously Canon Content

The Faron Woods appear as a Ranger Mode scenario in Stage 4 of Link's Crossbow Training. Link can freely tour the Skulltula Woods to hunt the 25 Skulltulas. Only a small portion of the woods are toured in the hunt. The Skulltulas can be found dangling from trees, roaming the grounds, or perched on walls. Most can be shot safely from a distance, otherwise coming within close range will cause it to immediately, and aggressively attack Link. Several skulls, skeletons, cobweb cocoons, and Deku Babas can be hit for additional points. As with all other stages, well-hidden scarecrows and orange Rupees can be found for high bonus points.

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